Flight of the Navigator
Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer), playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 30, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bolstered by impressive special effects and a charming performance from its young star, Flight of the Navigator holds up as a solidly entertaining bit of family-friendly sci-fi.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Whereas its plot may be derivative--and at several junctures, unconvincing--"Flight of the Navigator" nevertheless manages to develop considerable humor and poignancy from David's predicament and what he does about it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Appealing children's sci-fi fantasy film, that follows the squeaky-clean Disney formula.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

This children's adventure turns out to be, despite its title, less of a Star Wars trip than an entertaining variation on the time-travel adventure Back to the Future.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

The brain-assaulting sci-fi second half of Flight of the Navigator is made palpable by Cramer, who deftly conveys anguish during the first half. Now, he wants to go home and his gung-ho attitude makes every dumb effect exciting.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads.

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Variety Staff

Instead of creating an eye-opening panorama, Flight of the Navigator looks through the small end of the telescope. Life on Earth is magnified but without an expansive vision.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Flight of the Navigator, in spite of a rough beginning, soars as it should, taking a child on the journey of his life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Always loved this Disney flick, great effects and adventurous plot that is kinda 'Back to the Future' mixed with 'Explorers' purely for kids… More
Michael Edwards
a fantastic film from the minds of disney and had a gripping story that sucked me in in the first 20 minutes
Dean McKenna
This lively alien-fantasy-action film is exciting without relying on agression. The extra-terrestrial creatures are bad Muppet imitations, although that alien… More
Tim Salmons
To me, this is Disney's best live action film back when it was a big deal for Disney to do live action movies. A childhood favorite of mine. :D
Aj V
Another movie I saw as a kid, this sci-fi adventure is pretty cool, but very much for kids. I don't think I'd like it as much today.
Conner Rainwater
Such a rip-off of ET. It's like, make the kid disabled and no one will notice. The only rewarding thing about this movie is when the wheelchair kid rolls… More